Mention common core, and you’ll get a wide range of comments–some supportive and some not so much. I recently read a comment that the common core standards are not developmentally appropriate. The specific standard the author was referring to was the Kindergarten standard stating that students should fluently add and subtract within 5. I have to respectfully disagree, but I think it’s all in how you interpret that standard. I believe the author of the comment envisioned teachers drilling Kinder babies with traditional flashcards. That’s not how I interpret that standard at all. When students work with concrete materials to explore number combinations to 5, they are developing fluency. When they work with dot cards and five- or ten-frames, they are becoming fluent. So, to me, it’s all in the instructional method. Check out these two freebies for developing fluency within 5 and 10.
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